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The Best Hiking in Mammoth Lakes

Looking for the best hiking in Mammoth Lakes? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Mammoth Lakes. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Mammoth Lakes

  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Mammoth Creek Road Trail

    3.08 mi / 276 ft gain
    Mammoth Creek Road Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Sherwin Lakes Trail

    5.0
    4.42 mi / 850 ft gain
    Just outside the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA is the Sherwin Lakes Trailhead. An easy 10 minute drive down some dirt roads will get you to the dirt parking lot where you can safely leave your vehicle and begin your fairly easy 2.5 mile hike to Sherwin Lakes. (Valentine Lake is not much further beyon...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Valentine Lake via Sherwin Lakes Trail

    5.0
    9.76 mi / 2026 ft gain
    Park at the Sherwin Lakes Trailhead. Begin your ascent through scrubby foliage and old pines. Once you arrive at a junction with a bench, turn around. Note that the uphill climb is pretty decent past Sherwin Lakes, so if you're feeling overly winded after the arriving at these lakes, this may be...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Mammoth Rock Trail

    5.26 mi / 758 ft gain
    Mammoth Rock Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Panorama Dome

    4.0
    0.91 mi / 259 ft gain
    This is a great short hike, located near the turn off for Twin Lakes. Once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with 360 degree views of the lakes basin, the town, Mammoth Mountain, and the White Mountains. There was a little snow left at the top, when we hiked it over Memorial Day weekend.  Eve...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Panorama Dome, Mammoth Rock Trail, Valentine Lake

    18.75 mi / 3524 ft gain
    Panorama Dome, Mammoth Rock Trail, Valentine Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Crowley Lake, California

    Seven Lakes Point via Dragon's Back Trail

    5.76 mi / 2930 ft gain
    Seven Lakes Point via Dragon's Back Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Lakes Basin Path to Pack Trail

    11.26 mi / 1280 ft gain
    Lakes Basin Path to Pack Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Upper Twin Falls

    0.28 mi / 220 ft gain
    Upper Twin Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Inyo Craters Trail

    1.51 mi / 253 ft gain
    Inyo Craters Trail is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

    5.0
    30.14 mi / 4593 ft gain
    Unlike most through hikes that require two cars or hitchhiking, you can accomplish this with only one car by using a YART. Another benefit is that by entering in Mammoth, it is usually much easier to get permits as opposed to starting in Yosemite where permits can be harder to get. Then once yo...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Backpack to Garnet Lake

    5.0
    14 mi / 2030 ft gain
    Although this trip specifically describes how to get to Garnet Lake, there are several other pristine alpine lakes (Shadow Lake and Thousand Islands Lake) along this looped trail, only a few short miles away from each other, that are just as worthy if you have the time. A minimum of 3 days/2 nigh...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Backpack from Mammoth Mountain to Yosemite Valley via the John Muir Trail

    5.0
    52 mi / 6300 ft gain
    Cross country hiking can be a daunting idea. There are so many things to plan for, and such a long distance to cover. If you are an experienced backpacker, and you want to get a taste of hiking on the John Muir Trail this hike might interest you.  Planning GPS Map (Caltopo): https://caltopo.com...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    McLeod Lake

    5.0
    1.84 mi / 390 ft gain
    Start your journey at the Mammoth Pass Trailhead at the back of the parking lot for Horseshoe Lake. From the start, the trail ascends steadily through dense pines, and big granite stair steps.  Although it is a moderately steep route (and the altitude doesn't help), it is only about 0.6 miles to ...
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Devils Postpile Through Mammoth Pass

    14.77 mi / 3114 ft gain
    Devils Postpile Through Mammoth Pass is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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  • Mammoth Lakes, California

    Mammoth Pass Trail and McLeod Lake

    7.75 mi / 2080 ft gain
    Mammoth Pass Trail and McLeod Lake is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Mammoth Lakes, California.
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